Founder and CEO, VC4A
Ben has been venturing in the African technology and media space since 2003, developing the first business and investment programs for CNBC Africa and launching AfricaNews.com (now EuroNews) as one of the first pan-African news websites. He has done ethnographic research on the emergence of software cultures in Kampala, Uganda and taught classes in digital entrepreneurship at the University of Amsterdam. He went on to set up the ICT Entrepreneurship program at the Humanistic Institute for Development (Hivos) where he funded early initiatives like the iHub and Ushahidi. Ben is on the board of ActivSpaces, a Cameroon based incubator, and is a founder of AfriLabs, a pan-African network of innovation hubs. An angel investor and partner at Sanaga Ventures, Ben is also a founder of the African Business Angels Network (ABAN). In 2007 he started VC4A, an online platform and global network organization for high growth high impact entrepreneurs.